Erika Puussaar and Rita Tubalkain reflect on their time working in the Estonian Cultural Garden. Both coming to the United States in the early 1950s, Ms. Puussaar and Ms. Tubalkain discuss their memories of Estonia. They describe what it was like to be an immigrant coming to the United States, early jobs taken, and surviving an unfamiliar landscape. Ms. Puussaar and Ms. Tubalkain also discuss their involvement in Cleveland's Cultural Gardens, problems with funding, statuaries in the Estonian Cultural Garden and what they symbolize, and the care and upkeep of the gardens as a whole.
Puussaar, Erika and Tubalkain, Rita (Interviewee)
Pfeiffer, Brian (Interviewer)
Cleveland Cultural Gardens series 1
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"Erika Puussaar and Rita Tubalkain, 24 October 2002" (2002). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 800017.